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USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory Complex

RS&H provided architecture, engineering, and programming services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticultural Research Laboratory Complex in Fort Pierce, Florida. The complex includes approximately 135,000 square feet of laboratory, greenhouse/screenhouse space, and a 300-acre research and development plot for the citrus and subtropical agriculture industries.

This laboratory employs a staff of 26 scientists plus support personnel, representing the research disciplines of horticulture, genetics, pathology, entomology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology. Accommodating for all disciplines, the facility fosters the opportunity for interdisciplinary research relating to a wide variety of anticipated citrus production and marketing challenges. 

RS&H prepared a 3-D interior/exterior computer model, allowing a “walk through” of the building during design, thereby inviting necessary adjustments prior to completing construction documents.

Key services and features included:

  • Comprehensive preparation of planning/programming/design criteria document, addressing multiple Departmental needs
  • Complex research laboratories
  • Strategic structural design to mitigate/eliminate vibration
  • Response to established, stringent governmental design standards
  • Multiple HVAC systems/zones
  • Comprehensive HVAC control systems/networks
  • Chemical fume hood exhaust system
  • Design of emergency (critical branch) electrical power systems
  • Central and “point-of-use” laboratory gas distribution systems
  • Central deionized water system
  • Walk-in cooler/incubator rooms
  • Humidity control
  • Audio/visual imaging
  • Main laboratory building designed for future expansion

Related Services: Architecture | Engineering

USF Natural and Environmental Sciences Building

This four-story facility at the University of South Florida houses teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and academic spaces for the departments of chemistry, environmental, and natural sciences. This facility works in conjunction with the adjacent remodeled Chemistry Laboratory building to share facilities for common sciences and work as an integrated campus quadrant.

The new facility was designed as an “L” shaped, two-wing building that is centered on a common elevator bank. The facility houses classrooms and offices along one wing, which has large volume classrooms and student spaces on the first and second floors. The second wing has teaching laboratories located on the first and second floors, while research labs are on the third and fourth floors.
This functional zoning allows for controlled student circulation and logical building system support strategies. Laboratories are supported by inboard common utility corridors and accessed by personnel corridors with gathering spaces off an exterior glazed wall.

Related Services: Architecture | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture

UF/IFAS Combined Research Center

RS&H provided architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental services for the combined University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Research Center, which includes horticultural crop research laboratory and support facilities. The main building includes 13 individual research laboratories with adjacent faculty offices and an administrative support area. It also houses state regional conference and seminar spaces for continuing education. Ancillary buildings include greenhouses, shadehouses, and other field support elements.

Key services and features include:

  • Plant sciences research laboratory
  • Multiple HVAC systems and zones
  • Comprehensive HVAC control systems/networks
  • Strict humidity control
  • Chemical fume hood exhaust systems
  • Central and “point-of-use” laboratory gas distribution systems
  • Response to established, stringent university design standards

Related Services: Architecture | Engineering | Planning

FDACS Animal Necropsy Laboratory

RS&H provided architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, as well as laboratory programming, planning, and design services for the development of a large and small animal necropsy laboratory at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Kissimmee Diagnostics Laboratory campus. 

The facility includes a new entrance and truck docking area for large animal trailers, new access drives, retention ponds, and security gates and digital security cameras. The laboratory is equipped with a new large batch incinerator, which is served by a complete electric overhead rail system for the movement of large bovine and other animals.

Individuals enter the laboratory through men’s and women’s locker, shower, and gown areas. The laboratory also includes two adjustable large animal necropsy tables, floor mounted equipment, video monitors, and viewing areas. The finishes include high solid epoxy coatings, and the main work area includes floor trench drains and high pressure hot and cold water hose reels for easy wash down and disinfection protocols.

The processing laboratory contains vented biosafety cabinets and down draft vented small animal necropsy tables with adjacent stainless steel work benches. Supported by waste decontamination systems, pass through sample refrigerators and freezers, a walk-in cold room linked to the lab by the overhead rail system, and backed up by a complete emergency power generation, the laboratory serves the need to provide diagnostic services for any agricultural emergency through any type of weather.

Related Services: ArchitectureEngineering | Laboratory Planning & Design

UF Health Jax Biomedical Research Facility

RS&H provided architecture, structural engineering, and healthcare and laboratory programming services for the Biomedical Research Facility at Shands Hospital. The facility is a complete remodeling of an existing two-story clinic into new, adaptable laboratories focused on the changing needs of grant-funded research.

“Bench-top to bedside” translational medical research includes cell culture and tissue specimens as source material. This research manipulates cells using molecular biology and genetic techniques. Using multiwell plate assays, tissues and samples will be evaluated using detection techniques, such as immuno-histo-chemistry, coagulation assays, ELISA, PCR, cytogenetics, etc. Cell biology research utilizes fluorescent molecular detection and involves radioactive substances.

The concept for the design was to develop eight open laboratories on two floors along a double-loaded corridor. These open labs are supported by shared equipment rooms, a centralized wash and sterilization suite, tissue culture laboratories, fluorescent microscopy and dark room areas, and principal investigator offices.

Related Services: Architecture | Engineering | Laboratory Planning & Design

Covance Clinical Research Unit

This stand-alone, purpose-built clinical research unit is a premier unit for conducting first-in-human clinical studies of investigational medications on behalf of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. RS&H provided architecture and structural engineering services, as well as healthcare and laboratory programming, planning, and design.

Located on the campus of Deaconess Hospital, the facility houses a comfortable residential environment. The volunteer areas are supported by a warming kitchen with dining areas, nurses’ station, and volunteer amenities that includes an outdoor terrace, two large lounges, wireless Internet, and TV/VCR/DVD combos in each volunteer room.

The facility also features a USP 797-compliant pharmacy for sterile compounding, a large onsite CLIA laboratory for immediate turnaround of human lab samples, and a hospital-like audible emergency call system for patient safety. The administration areas are supported by offices, a data center, call center, screening areas, and conference rooms.

The plan maximizes the efficiency of the site, as well as the internal programmatic functions. The project utilizes multiple aspects of the existing material palette from the hospital campus to ensure a seamless synthesis of the old and the new as it establishes a new visual entry for the campus.

Related Services: Architecture | Laboratory Planning & Design

M2Gen Cancer Research Building

RS&H provided architectural and laboratory programming, planning, and design services for this four-story, 100,000-square-foot cancer research building designed to enable M2Gen to develop personalized cancer treatments for patients using advanced molecular technology. As a partnership between Moffit Cancer Research and Merck & Co., M2Gen researchers will collect tumor tissues from thousands of patients and identify the biological markers unique to each tumor. Analyzing a patient’s response to specific treatments will lead to more individualized care aimed at providing rapid improvement with fewer side effects, taking Moffitt Cancer Research Institute’s wide-ranging initiative to a new level.

The project scope includes the initial research building and site work with potential future phases for additional significant research buildings on the new Moffitt McKinley Campus in Tampa. The two primary activities at the M2Gen facility are bio-repository functions (tissue processing and tissue banking) and data archiving and analytic functions (IT, informatics, etc.).

Laboratories include sample receipt and shipping, histology, macrodissection, coding, staining, paraffin block storage, microscopy suites, and cryotomy laboratories. The building also includes cryogenic storage facilities.